You Wouldn’t Kill for Jesus, but You would for the USA?
Romans 5 teaches that humans are born imputed with Adam’s guilt. Only a liberal would deny original sin. There are numerous other examples of corporate guilt in Scripture. For example, in Joshua 7, thirty-six Israelite killers die because of the sin of Achan, and then his family members are executed with him because of his sin. In II Samuel 2, seven of Saul’s sons are executed for their father’s sins.
What God in his sovereignty ordains gives no humans anywhere an excuse to hate other sinners. Even though so many soldiers have died because of the lies of Bush and Obama, this historical fact does not mean that their deaths are justified.
Deuteronomy 24:16 explicitly prohibits humans from killing one person in the place of another: “Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers.”
This means that we cannot read the face of providence (as the Westboro group does) and determine when and how justice was done. God will judge the secrets of our hearts (Romans 2:16, Hebrews 4:12), but we humans cannot and should not try to imitate that apocalypse.
Some liberals think that any notion of God being judgmental in the future only leads to violence now. But that liberal judgment defies Romans 12: 19—“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
In Luke 13: 4-5, the Lord Jesus responded to those attempting to interpret current events: “Those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them; do you think they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you, but unless you repent, you will likewise perish.” That threat from Jesus is not an endorsement of redemptive violence and “peacemaking war”. It is not an excuse for us to kill anybody.
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree.” (I Peter 2:24) Liberals will tell us
that this event was only humans killing another human and that God had nothing to do with it. But I Peter in context assumes that God does indeed require the blood poured out (the soul, the death of the life of) His Servant for the sins of some other people.
Isaiah 53: “Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; his soul (his blood poured out) makes an offering for sin…” Liberals will tell us that this is a “flat Bible approach” and much of the Bible is wrong and that we need a more “Jesus-centered” reading.
I Peter 3:18 reads, “Christ suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous.” There is no need for any of us to be killing, since there is now no other sacrifice for sins. Liberals will deny that Jesus was punished for the sins of His friends, but it is that very hope which serves as the reason for patience in the face of current tragedies.
I Peter 2:21—“leaving you an example, so that you would follow in his steps…when he suffered, he continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.”